Biden again appears to falsely claim his son Beau died while deployed to Iraq War

President Joe Biden has a habit of invoking the memory of his deceased son Beau during speeches, often in order to bolster a political point, and there is also an increasingly frequent tendency for the particular details of his son’s admittedly tragic death to change each time it is mentioned.

That happened again on Tuesday when Biden wrongly insinuated that his son Beau had died while serving in the Iraq War, the Washington Examiner reported.

In fact, however, Beau Biden had died of brain cancer some six years after he had returned home from a single deployment to Iraq.

Biden falsely insinuates his son “died” in Iraq

This false claim about the location of Beau’s death was actually just one of two mistaken utterances President Biden in the same sentence during a speech he delivered Tuesday in Florida about his efforts to protect Social Security and Medicare and reduce prescription drug prices.

“And they talk about inflation,” Biden said of the high prices charged by drug companies. “You know, we’re dealing with — but hold for a second — inflation is a worldwide problem right now because of a war in Iraq and the impact on oil, and what Russia is doing — I mean, excuse me, the war in Ukraine. And — I’m thinking of Iraq because that’s where my son died. The — because he died.”

To be fair, sometime later in his remarks, Biden did correctly note the cause of his son’s death, but not the location, when he said, “My son, who died of stage four glioblastoma — the cost of those drugs was enormous. Enormous.”

Biden claimed Beau “lost his life in Iraq” a few weeks ago

The New York Post reported that Beau Biden, who was deployed for a year to Iraq in 2009 as a military lawyer for the Delaware National Guard, actually died of glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, in 2015 at Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

The outlet further noted that this is the second time in about three weeks that President Biden has incorrectly stated the facts with regard to his son’s death, as he also wrongly claimed that Beau had “lost his life in Iraq” during a speech in Colorado.

Biden, while heralding World War II veterans during a speech to make an old training facility into a national monument, said of the heroic sacrifices of the old soldiers, “Just imagine — I mean it sincerely, I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and lost his life in Iraq — Imagine the courage, the daring, and the genuine sacrifice, genuine sacrifice they all made.”

Beau’s cancer possibly linked to toxic “burn pit” fumes

For what it is worth, President Biden has on several occasions sought to link Beau’s brain cancer to the toxic fumes emitted from “burn pits” the military used in Iraq to dispose of all sorts of waste, which have been tentatively linked to later-developing health issues for service members who were routinely exposed to those fumes.

That said, even if Beau’s cancer could be definitively linked to the burn pits in Iraq, that doesn’t mean that he died there, nor does Biden have the right to alter the circumstances and details of his son’s death to fit a particular narrative or prove a political point.

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